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Working With Us

Our office offers comprehensive academic advising to all new, current, returning, and former UW students. We also work with prospective transfer students through our Transfer Thursday programming. We work with you to match your interests with opportunities at the UW, and help you to integrate your academic and career plans. There are several ways to work with our office.


New appointments (2 weeks out) become available on a daily basis at midnight. If you can't find an appointment and need to see an adviser, we suggest using our drop-in advising, or emailing

30-minute advising appointments are available throughout the year during our business hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can make an appointment through our online appointment scheduler or call (206) 543-2550 or stop by 141 Mary Gates Hall.

During Period 1 registration our calendars quickly become booked. To make sure to get an appointment, please feel free to schedule up to two weeks in advance.

Quick questions

During the school year, peer advisers are available to answer quick questions on a drop-in basis  in our suite on the first floor of Mary Gates Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, M-F. During the summer and during finals weeks, our peer advisers are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they are not available during school breaks. Please refer to the calendar on our home page to stay up to date on any schedule changes. Our professional staff is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We try to answer your questions in less than ten minutes. If your concerns cannot be addressed within this time, we can schedule an appointment for you with a professional adviser. Some topics (e.g., choosing a major, reinstatement) require deeper conversations, and are therefore better addressed via a 30-minute appointment.

During peak registration times the office becomes very busy and you may encounter a wait to see an adviser on a drop-in basis. Our lobby is comfortable and you are welcome to bring your school work or engage in other activities while you wait.


Quick questions can also be asked and answered by emailing Appointments cannot be scheduled through this email account. Your email will be answered by a staff member within 1-2 business days, or forwarded to the University office we think best able to help you.

Transfer Thursday

Every Thursday afternoon, prospective transfer students are invited to come to campus to find out about the admission process, meet with an adviser, and learn more about the UW’s academic areas of study. For more information about Transfer Thursday programming please visit the Transfer Thursday website.

Other types of appointments

To make any of these types of appointments you can use the online scheduler, or call our office at (206) 543-2550. You can also stop by during business hours and make an appointment in person.

Individualized Studies

Prior to your appointment, please review the Individualized Studies website and the Learning Plan Guide.

Low scholarship

If you are currently on academic warning or probation, please complete the academic self-assessment survey prior to making an appointment.

Military & veterans

Students who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military are welcome to work directly with our office and to schedule 30-minute appointments. If you are a veteran and just need to obtain a signature on your quarterly schedule for the purposes of receiving VA benefits, an appointment may not be necessary; you can stop by our office during regular office hours and an adviser will be able to assist you on a drop-in basis. 


If you have not yet declared a major, or have declared a major in the College of Arts & Sciences, and have been dropped for low scholarship, you will need to work with an adviser who will help you file a petition for reinstatement. EOP, SSS, and CAMP-affiliated students should meet with an OMA&D adviser. For majors outside the College of Arts & Science, please check with the departmental adviser.

Returning student

You are a returning student if you have been absent from the University for more than one quarter (summers excluded).